LOUISIANA BRACES FOR MAJOR FLOODS AS STORM BARRY BARRELS IN

THE LEVEL OF THE MISSISSIPPI RIVER, ALREADY SWOLLEN FROM HISTORIC RAINS AND FLOODING UPSTREAM, WAS AT 4.9 METRES IN NEW ORLEANS, ABOUT 30CM SHY OF FLOOD STAGE.

NEW ORLEANS MAYOR LATOYA CANTRELL URGED PEOPLE TO STAY INDOORS, BUT THE CITY'S FAMED PARTY ATMOSPHERE WAS FAR FROM EXTINGUISHED JUST HOURS AHEAD OF THE STORM.

The large storm system currently in the Gulf of Mexico is bringing heavy rains, a potential storm surge, and flooding that pose a threat reminiscent of 2005's deadly Hurricane Katrina.
The costliest and deadliest hurricane in US history, Katrina submerged about 80 percent of New Orleans, causing some 1,800 deaths and more than $150bn in damage.

Tens of thousands of people in the US state of Louisiana and its largest city New Orleans braced themselves for Tropical Storm Barry to hit on Saturday amid fears it could turn into a powerful hurricane. People boarded up...

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